Rupert Neve: Life Beyond Measurement

Rupert neve: Life Beyond Measurement

Introduction

The author’s personal reflections on his association with Rupert Neve and some things he learned from their shared experiences.

Dedication

This essay is dedicated to all my extraordinary colleagues during my ten year association with AMEK in the US and UK. Most especially, Nick Franks, Graham Langley, Greg Hogan, John Penn, Steve Harvey, Mick Brophy, Carl Reavey, Martin Arthurs, Simaen Skolfield, Melanie (nee Peter) Harrison, Bob Owinski, Sue Jones, Ray Dilfield, Dave Lewty and, of course, Josh Thomas and Mr. Rupert Neve.

Lewis Frisch
The Bedford Consultancy, Nazareth, PA
June 2021

The Essay

Part I:
What I Learned From Rupert
The author’s personal reflections on his association with Rupert neve and some things he learned from their shared experiences.

Part II:
The Changing Landscape of Audio Technology 1969-1994
A Career Overview: The Rupert Neve Company, ARN Consultants, Focusrite and AMEK

Part III:
Can You “Hear” This? Re-Examining the Limits of Auditory Perception
Beginning in the late 1960s leading designers of consumer and professional audio equipment begin to search for a better understanding of the factors that influence the “sound” of their products and the way that listeners respond to their sonic attributes.

Part IV:
Can You “Hear This? High Resolution Audio in the 1990s
Rupert Neve and other leading equipment designers spearhead a movement for High Resolution Audio which would challenge the audio industry to accept an expanded concept of human auditory perception, leading to new standards for audio quality in the 21st century.

Part V:
In Their Own Words
Quotations from Rupert Neve and other leading equipment designers which illuminate their design philosphies and the expanded concepts of human auditory perception.

Lewis Frisch has written and lectured on the History of Audio Technology since the mid-1980s. He began selling AMEK consoles in 1985 and served as AMEK’s US Press Officer from 1989-1992. Much of his initial historical research and lecturing was sponsored by AMEK’s Nick Franks.